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Old 07-24-2009, 08:09 AM   #1
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Muscle soreness and lack of energy

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7 weeks ago herniated l4-5, seems to be healing well. Up until last Thursday, I was taking about 1200-1800 mg of ibuprofen per day. Last Thursday I stopped with the ibuprofen and cut sugars (other than those found naturally) and flour, grains, etc out of my diet.

The discomfort associated with the herniation has increased, but the discomfort is in the same location and I think it is normal.

The new symptoms are muscle soreness in other parts of my body as well as loss of energy.

I was wondering if these might be detox symptoms form the removal of sugars and flour, grains, etc.

Thanks for any and all feedback.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:43 AM   #2
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

my guess - lack of food.

It might be good if you give a sample days eating prior to cutting out all sugars/grains, and then a sample of today eating. Both samples should contain food choices & portion sizes.

I assume that you are not exercising right now?
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

I am exercising, just not at the level priror to the herniation. I used to go 3 on 1 off, this week I went 2 on 1 off.

I'm not sure I have good data, but prior to cutting out the grains and sugar my intake would look like (please don't laugh or get mad):

Breakfast = 3 eggs microwaved with milk, peach, some almonds
Snack=fruit, power bar or muffin
Lunch=Turkey sandwich, yogurt, fruit
Snack=fruit, power bar, candy
Dinner=pasta, meat, vegies, sandwich
Snack=Beer, chips, salsa, cookies, fruit snacks, etc.

Last 7 days:

Breakfast=3 eggs with peach or cottage cheese with fruit, some almonds
snack=fruit
Lunch=Humas plate or 3 pieces of turkey, vegies and fruit
snack=fruit or vegies
Dinner=meat, carrots, humas
snack = fruit or vegies
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:14 AM   #4
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

wellll... it looks like you've probably cut a lot of calories out of your diet. Which would explain the lack of energy and soreness (from under-recovery)

Are you trying to lose weight?
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

I'm 67" and 185#. The diet change is not to loose weight, but I'm definatly a few pounds heavier than I should be. I just want to feel better and I think diet will help. If I loose some poundage, great!
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:57 AM   #6
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

for what its worth, your pre-7-days diet is very common of people I see with disc injuries.......I would say it correlates very well with poor connective tissue strength.

If you stay with an anti-inflammatory diet and drink a lot of water it will help leagues with healing up that annulous
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

Mike,

Very intrigued by your comments. Could you provide more details about "anti-inflammatory diet"

Thanks,
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:16 PM   #8
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Re: Muscle soreness and lack of energy

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Mike,

Very intrigued by your comments. Could you provide more details about "anti-inflammatory diet"

Thanks,
Basically low glycemic foods are anti-inflammatory. The more low glycemic foods you eat (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and fish oils, omega 3, seeds, and nuts ((Paleo)), the more anti-inflammatory it will be. The Paleo diet is an anti-inflammatory diet.

Sugar, legumes, too much omega 6, grains, and too much acidic foods will increase inflammation.
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